Editorials

Harrison Hills

TWO ELEMENTARY schools in the Harrison Hills School District avoided the chopping block last week.Jewett and Lakeland elementary schools gained a new lease on life -- albeit a possible short one -- following action by the district's board of education.Harrison Hills is yet another local school ...

County Vehicles

Last week the Belmont County Commissioners announced that they had received complaints about questionable use of county vehicles, stressing that they were taking steps to make sure policies that are in place aren't ignored.The board sent a memo out to county department heads advising them of ...

Drug testing

WE EMBRACE the Martins Ferry School District's proactive stance on drug testing.The board of education drew the line in the sand when it comes to student-athletes and the use of drugs. The district will implement a drug testing program with the advent of the 2010-2011 school year.Board members ...

Children’s Books

ACTION taken last week by voters in other areas of the Buckeye State is encouraging and shows an interest in public libraries.The Columbus Dispatch reveals that 86 percent of the library tax issues throughout the state were approved by voters in the May primary election while 81 percent were ...

Jail Facelift

THINGS ARE looking up in Harrison County, unless you are a criminal.The county jail is preparing for a grand reopening in the very near future. With it comes good financial news for a county which could use some.Sheriff Ronald Myers has been successful in efforts to secure funding to renovate ...

New Direction

A NEW day is dawning in Bellaire. With it, we hope a brighter future follows for the fiscally challenged village.The All-American Town is shedding the village administrator form of government. In its place will be a Board of Public Affairs.The three-member panel took form this past Thursday. ...

Proactive Apprroach

Last week the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration forced six small mines in Kentucky to close. The action came as a result of surprise inspections in which hundreds of serious violations were discovered at 57 coal mines in the United States.Those inspections came in the wake of the ...

Next step?

VOTERS HAVE spoken, and for Bellaire School District officials, it is not positive news.A 12.9-mill emergency school levy was on Tuesday's Ohio Primary ballot. The issue was defeated by a convincing 3-1 margin from the nearly 2,400 votes cast.It is another setback for a school district reeling ...

Aiding Others

FROM activities throughout the area, it's obvious that many East Ohio natives know the importance of being willing to carry the ball when it comes to helping others.And, two happenings of this kind occurring this week involve balls - although one event focuses on tennis balls while the other is ...

Police Staffing

THE MARTINS Ferry Police Department is not being well received by lead-footed motorists these days.Thanks to the prudent utilization of auxiliary police officers, the Martins Ferry police have been able to better patrol Ohio 7. As a result, significantly more speeding citations are being issued ...

Buy American

THE U.S. auto industry seems to be making a rebound, another sign that the economy just may be turning around.Domestic auto sales have been on the rise in recent months, helping not only the U.S. economy but also the struggling domestic automakers that fell in a dire situation during the low ...

Lucrative Learning

PROVIDING STUDENTS incentive for excelling in the classroom can come in many forms.We give the one which played out Wednesday in Bellaire an A plus.The fourth annual Bellaire Local History Scholarship presentations were staged at the public library. Three worthy Bellaire High students ...

Young Jobs

THE SUMMER Youth Employment Program is of utmost importance to Belmont County.Countless local youths have benefitted over the years from the program. With the county coffers tight and the economy ailing, there are no guarantees that the program will come to fruition each summer.Such fears were ...

Good Example

FACING ECONOMIC conditions that are still tight - as well as some mid-term elections that promise to be tight as well - lawmakers in Washington recently agreed to forego cost of living pay hikes for themselves during the 2011 fiscal year.On Tuesday, members of Congress voted 402-15 in ...

Tax burden

Another tax season went in the books this month.There have been a number of tax cuts implemented in recent years, but unless you've recently moved to Ohio after living in another state, Ohioans probably don't realize that their state tax is among the lowest in the nation.The Ohio Department of ...

Safer Mines

WEST VIRGINIA is preparing for a visit from Barack Obama and Joseph Biden. President Obama and Vice-President Biden will be in the Mountain State Sunday.It is a trip, however, we wish the nation's top two leaders did not have to make. Obama and Biden will be taking part in a ceremony at the ...

Safe Prom

SPRINGTIME ushers in prom season. It is a special time of the school year. All too often, however, it becomes a tragic time.Proms are school functions that students look forward to and plan well in advance. Gowns and tuxedos must be located and fitted while hair and nail appointments are made ...

Making the Grade

A REPORT from the Ohio Board of Regents for higher education yields mixed reviews. The academic group developed a list of 10-year goals in 2008 for improving the state's educational system.Two years removed from that undertaking, we give the Ohio Board of Regents a B- for its efforts.The Board ...

Going Green

TAKING CARE of the land that takes care of us.Thursday is Earth Day, when Americans from coast to coast recognize the importance of our environment. Along those lines, the Barnesville Area Reforestation Kommittee staged its seventh annual tree planting Saturday. Some 200 volunteers donated ...

Road Work Ahead

WE'RE JUST getting into construction season, and for the next several months we'll be seeing more orange barrels on Ohio roadways than ever before.For travelers, this will mean more delays, detours and traffic congestion than usual will be down the road.But that's alright.This month the Ohio ...